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Lot 252: HOLMES, OLIVER WENDELL. Autograph Letter Signed, “OWHolmes,” to “My dear Mrs. Smith,”
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: "I ALWAYS FEEL A LITTLE INSECURE WHEN I AM MADE THE SUBJECT OF CRITICISM" HOLMES, OLIVER WENDELL. Autograph Letter Signed, 'OWHolmes,' to 'My dear Mrs. Smith,' responding to criticism, with a postscript, remarking that the letter is private and not meant for the press. 2 pages, 8vo, written on the recto and verso of a single sheet; moderate toning overall, faint scattered foxing, integral blank detached. Boston, 31 March 1880
Notes: '. . . I always feel a little insecure when I am to be made the subject of criticism. Consequently, many crudities established themselves in my pages which it was hard to displace after readers had become accustomed to see them in my earlier editions. But after all a man's best things are what he should be judged by and I am confident that I can trust your sagacity to find them out—if there are any such in my books. Then if your reverend . . . will 'deal gently with the erring' in the matter of his orthodoxy, I shall come out from the critical ordeal singed a little, it may be, but not badly scorched, and with my good name all the better for the warm breath which has been expended on it.'